Category Archives: Development

Wildlife camera catches uncollared mountain lion roaming the Hollywood Hills

An uncollared mountain lion was caught on camera roaming the Hollywood Hills just after midnight recently — the first official evidence of a cougar inhabiting a specially preserved parcel of land in Laurel Canyon, wildlife advocates say. “Neighbors have constantly … Continue reading

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Family that donated land to TO Open Space has lived in Newbury Park since 1963

Ranch on top of the world Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 30, 2017 As dementia began to overtake Harman Rasnow in the last years of his life, the 80-year-old loved to sit on his ranch on … Continue reading

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Comments needed by December 4th to opposed hotel plan that would block historic Calabasas trail

The city of Calabasas is pushing plans for the building of the Rondell Oasis Hotel that would block access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (“DeAnza Trail”). The trail is designated as a National Historic Trail and got … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters: The Creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Source of this article: KCET.org, June 25, 2015 The public is so often chastised for not really hanging in to achieve action on a particular cause. This reaffirms the need for really hanging in. All those people who worked — … Continue reading

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Giant swath of open space protected in Calabasas

A Stokes Canyon landowner has donated a conservation easement on 298 acres of pristine habitat to the MRCA. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, February 12, 2015 The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) preserves and manages open … Continue reading

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John Muir’s legacy questioned as centennial of his death nears

Critics say that 100 years of population growth, urban sprawl, demographic shifts, climate change make John Muir irrelevant Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2014 ohn Muir is the patron saint of environmentalism, an epic figure … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains land use plan OKd over vineyard objections

County supervisors approve a plan that bars new vineyards on a swath of the Santa Monica Mountains Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2014 Los Angeles County supervisors approved a far-reaching land use plan for the … Continue reading

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Malibu wine growers feel squeeze of coastal protection plan

Proposed ban on new vineyards in Santa Monica Mountains worries Malibu growers Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2014 The red-lava rock hills over Malibu are no stranger to squabbles. This time, the fight is over … Continue reading

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Mountains coastal protection plan approved for LA County

Some laud Local Coastal Program, others see it as government overreach Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 24, 2014 Environmentalists see the recent approval of the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program as a milestone. For Los … Continue reading

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Defense Department becomes a wildlife protector

The military is working with environmental groups and local governments to create buffer zones around bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training. It’s been a conservation boon. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2013 … Continue reading

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